Why the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is not the best car in the world

Why the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is not the best car in the world


Did your neighbor buy a new Rolls-Royce Phantom a while ago? It’s too bad for him, because as it is today it’s not the best car in the world. Rolls-Royce is making a number of ‘subtle but meaningful improvements’. These, according to Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller Ötvös, reflect ‘changing customer tastes and needs’.

In short, according to Rolls-Royce drivers themselves, it can be more beautiful, more luxurious and more comfortable. The most significant change to the updated Phantom concerns the grille. However, fear not as Rolls-Royce now puts a subtle grille on the Phantom. It is still a fence with the dimensions of a castle gate, but heavily chromed. Although the customer can also choose to have the top and bottom in the color of the hat.

Rolls-Royce Phantom and Skoda Enyaq iV Overeenkomst agreement

Another difference from your neighbor’s Phantom is the horizontal bar above the grille. This provides an optical connection to the LED daytime running lights that run above the headrests. It all looks more modern, smoother and more streamlined. To top it off, the grille is now also highlighted. Like the Spirit of Rolls-Royce. And the Skoda Enyaq iV, to name just one example of the competition…

Who looks into the Phantom lights, sees the stars

Another new detail that we don’t want to deny you is about the lights themselves. The glasses are decorated with a seemingly random pattern of small seeds. That is not a crushed stone, but it should give the impression of a star. According to Rolls-Royce, this fits perfectly with the head of the interior, which also includes many small lights.

Why the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is not the best car in the world

Stainless Steel Wheels

The flying woman, or Spirit of Ecstacy in the grille, has also been slightly changed. Additionally, Rolls-Royce claims that the Phantom’s C-pillar now offers more privacy. How then, it is not clear to us, because we do not see the difference from the past. What en profile gives a completely different picture, is if you order a Rolls-Royce Phantom with new stainless steel disc wheels. They harken back to the design of Rolls-Royces of 100 years ago. You can also order it black, by the way, but you probably won’t like it – unless you’re a rapper or a football player, maybe.

One fabric and one leather: Phantom Platino

If you want to dress up your Phantom a little differently from the neighbor – if he buys the latest – you can give him the Bespoke treatment. In that department they make your Rolls completely according to your personal wishes. An alternative is Phantom Platinum. Inside it is not fully loaded with expensive leather from cows behind a wireless fence. The front seats are made of ordinary cowhide, but cloth is used in the back.

Ceramic on the dashboard

That’s definitely not cheap polyester, but what exactly it is is still a mystery. Rolls-Royce talks about ‘a range of fabrics, one made in Italy and chosen for its durable yet elegant appearance, the other made from bamboo fibres, chosen for its glossy finish’. However, the results are good. With decorated patterns, in a silvery white hue, reminiscent of platinum. So: Platinum. 3D printed ceramics have been used for the dashboard frame, in the same motif as the bamboo fabric. Beautiful? In any special case. Although they prefer to say differently to the manufacturer: “Small things make perfection, but perfection is not a small thing.” When Sir Henry Royce once summed up his brand’s motto…

Why the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is not the best car in the world
Why the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is not the best car in the world